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Paul Berton: Why award-winning journalism matters

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I do not pay much attention to awards. There are so many of them, it's hard to keep track of which is which: An Emmy or an Oscar, a Tony or an Obie, a Juno or a Grammy; a Nobel, a Booker, a Giller or a Pulitzer?

That doesn't mean awards aren't useful. They point us to exemplary works of human achievement that we might otherwise miss.

For obvious reasons, journalism awards are particularly close to my heart. Many do not have the same profile — not to mention glamour or glitz — as some others, but in an era when journalism is threatened on all sides, they may be more important than ever.

Rest assured those of us in the business have the same debates over winners as those in other industries. They represent some of the best — but not all the best — work in a........

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